Asthma: Asthma and Strong Emotions Essays

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Holly Atwood
Medical Terminology-Wheeler
10-17-14
Asthma Nine people die every day in America from asthma. Asthma is a respiratory condition, which is usually triggered by an allergic reaction, respiratory infection, strong emotions, stress, and many other environmental factors. During an asthma attack the muscles around your airways tighten. This is called a bronchospasm. When the muscles tighten inflammation and mucus production are also heightened. This makes breathing difficult and in extreme conditions hypoxemia can occur. Asthma can happen to anyone at any age but is more common in children than adults. It affects more than 26 million people in the United States every year. Young boys are more susceptible, in fact, twice as likely as girls, to develop asthma. Though this sex difference disappears with age. It is important to get a proper diagnosis from an allergist if you are experiencing symptoms, so you can learn how to live with and cope with your asthma. Some symptoms include dyspnea, coughing, laryngitis, angina, pressure in your chest, and bronchitis. Some of the more unusual symptoms to look for are anxiety, fatigue, tachypnea, and cyanosis. Unfortunately asthma is a disease, which cannot be prevented, only controlled. You can take precautions to prevent an asthma attack by getting vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia. It’s also best to find out what triggers your asthma and do your best to avoid those things. Taking your pharmaceuticals…